Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Widlerpeople took the Best International Feature gong on the weekend at the close of the Galway Film Fleadh. Wilderpeople won an eclectic selection. Judges had a harder time with the local feature award, naming joint winnners Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders and Darren Thornton’s A Date For Mad Mary.
The festival directs most of its competition sections to local talent, rewarding filmmakers across feature, short, doco and animation categories – and also Oscar qualifies short and animated films. Graham Cantwell took the short award for the second time. This year Lily took the gong. Cantwell’s A Dublin Story won back in 2003.
The Galway Film Fleadh ran 5 – 10 July.